Wednesday's Words on a Friday

 

The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write. A story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.

If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along to read it and add a few encouraging words.

This month the words/prompts are supplied by Elephant's Child and can be found here

This week's words/prompts are: 

1. candles 2. everyone 3. nine 4. days 5. heart 

and/or: 

1. Aunt 2. strike 3. bullet 4. ballet 5. missed

Here is my story:

Caitlin told Mary she could strike the long match, now that everyone was ready and waiting upstairs. “We are here to celebrate Aunt Brenda,” she said loudly enough for all to hear. “Look down as the candles are lit, and you will see the shape of her cake.”

“It’s a crown!” shouted Frankie, “how very appropriate, Brenda would have loved it.” He wiped away a tear and hugged Caitlin. “Thank you,” he said quietly, “she was our Queen.”

“We are also celebrating the arrest of her killer,” said Caitlin. It took the police nine days, but they finally caught him.” “Do they know who he is? Is he someone we know?” asked Mary who had come upstairs to see the blazing crown cake for herself.

“It was Graham,” said Caitlin, to shocked gasps from everyone else. “He’d resented being fired and came backstage while the ballet was being performed and shot at Pierre who had replaced him as leading man, but he missed, and the bullet struck Aunt Brenda right in her heart.”

Tears flowed as people hugged and remembered. They came back downstairs and Frankie blew out the candles and began cutting the cake. Many stories were told that night as people remembered things Brenda had said and done over the years.


Comments

  1. That sounds like a fine way to be remembered - though a very sad way to die. Great use of the prompts.

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    1. Elephant's Child; accidental death is always sad. Thank you.

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  2. How sad that she wasn't even the intended victim but nice that they were recognizing and testifying to her life.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; she was very well liked and a mentor to some of the younger dancers.

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  3. Wow, what a dark twist, but a lovely tribute to 'Aunt Brenda'.

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  4. It's a sad story, but hopeful and full of love anyway.

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    1. messymimi; it is sad, but there's a lot of love in the memories

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  5. Very sad story, some turn I didn´t expect. A great way to remember her.
    When my Mum´d passed we strangely enough also could eat and the remaining siblings, one even came from Switzerland - we all told stories about Mum and there was lots of laughter, too.
    The deep sadness came later.

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    1. Iris; A gathering with food and friends is a good way to tell stories and memories.

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  6. A sad, but strangely heartwarming story. Well written"!

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  8. Tallow candles burned in the hallway. Everyone noticed them. There were nine in total. They represented eight lost days and a broken heart.

    In life, my Aunt Mimi used to strike like a bullet but when she was a ballet star she missed her childhood sweetheart Rodney yet could never claw back the life she once knew. It was over.

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    1. Yorkshire Pudding; I like the idea of candles in a hallway, but I'd get the modern battery operated version, no smoke, no drips and no fire danger. Poor Aunt Mimi, couldn't move on.

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  9. Happy they caught the killer. Poor Aunt Brenda. Good job with the prompts River.

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    1. Granny Annie; Aunt Brenda will be well remembered and the killer will spend many years in prison.

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  10. I'm thinking that Aunt Brenda died doing what she loved, even though her end was tragic and unexpected.

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    1. Val; she did, I imagined her being a dancer her whole life and happily mentoring new kids, and her death would have been quick with no suffering or pain.

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